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Sensory Friendly Summer-Movies
June 27, 2014 11:10 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I know that going to the movies is something the boys and I look forward to doing at least a couple times over the summer. We are lucky that here in Connecticut were we live we have access to both movie theatres and a drive-in movie. I have many happy Read More...
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Clean Mud
May 2, 2014 8:42 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I remember as a child always being outside. It didn't matter if it was raining or if the sun was out. There were four of us in a small house so I have no doubt the only way the adults in the house maintained their sanity was telling us to "go outside Read More...
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Sensory Processing Evaluations
March 14, 2014 10:11 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Recently I was asked by a team member to do a Sensory Profile evaluation on a young boy who was "bouncing off the walls" and stuffing handfuls of food in his mouth before he would start to chew and swallow it. It sounded like a little guy who was doing Read More...
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A Sensory-Free Halloween
October 3, 2013 6:39 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” - Dexter Kozen Ok, while I don't think anyone who has a child with sensory challenges will ever have a truly "sensory free Halloween", I would like to Read More...
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Reading Resources - Birth to 12th Grade
September 18, 2013 12:05 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Having a child with learning disabilities has opened up a whole new world of resources that are available to school aged children. I have come across different strategies and resources to help in reading, writing, sensory, and overall learning. In upcoming Read More...
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Seasons Changing and Sensory Needs
September 4, 2013 12:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Here in New England the leaves are starting to turn colors, there is a nip in the air, and the apples are ready for picking. Fall is just around the corner! As much as I love this time of year I know that there are many parents right now who are looking Read More...
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Bubble Dough and Other Fun Stuff
June 6, 2013 12:00 PM by Cecilia Cruse
So I usually leave the activity ideas to Pinterest and/or all those fabulous OT bloggers out there that pump out great content on a regular basis. However, I recently ran across this cute blog called Tot School from Shannon and this post on making Bubble Read More...
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Sensory Strategies for At Risk Youth
January 24, 2013 12:50 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I recently had a conversation with a special education coordinator who oversees a large district. Part of her job duties include working with at risk students that have been removed from their home school and placed in a disciplinary education center. Read More...
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Being a Copy Cat Eater ...
November 28, 2011 1:16 AM by Wendy Hof
Parents will often ask me why is it that they child will eat things at daycare but not at home. It is a very valid question and one I wish I had the answer to. I found it to be true even with my own children. I would pick them up at the end of the day Read More...
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Yoga - It's Not Just an Adult Activity Any Longer!
October 19, 2011 11:28 PM by Wendy Hof
Many adults are turning to yoga to help relax and get rid of some of the stress in their body's. If it works so well for adults why wouldn't it work just as well for children? Many parents and professionals are actually turning to yoga to help a number Read More...
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Sensory Friendly Movies with AMC Theaters
October 3, 2011 10:44 PM by Wendy Hof
AMC Theaters and the Autism Society are working together to make it possible for families who have children on the spectrum or with other disabilities the chance to see friendly family films in a sensory friendly environment. During these showings the Read More...
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Easy as 1... 2... 3...
July 18, 2011 10:58 PM by Wendy Hof
When you are asking a young child to do something they really don't want to do, whether it is eating or sensory or even a time out, they will often start to fidget and whine after just a few quick moments. To a young child it is hard to tell the difference Read More...
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Feeding - One Strategy That Doesn't Work in the Birth-to-Three population..
June 24, 2011 1:10 AM by Wendy Hof
In the past I have shared various strategies that work when it comes to children who have trouble eating. I've shared some sensory and strengthening strategies. I'm sure as I continue to write this blog I will share even more but today I wanted to do Read More...
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Sensory Play - Recipes
June 12, 2011 1:18 PM by Wendy Hof
As promised in my last post - here are a several links that contain recipes to try with the kids you are working with to over come sensory defensive behaviors. Remember to start slowly and make it fun! If you are adverse to getting messy, the children Read More...
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Overcoming Sensory Defensive Behaviors (hand play)
May 30, 2011 3:50 PM by Wendy Hof
We've probably all seen a child with sensory defensive behaviors relating to their hand play skills. They're the ones who shrink away when it's time to finger paint. They will go to any other place in the classroom or playgroup other than the sensory Read More...
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